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Communal farmers, especially those from drought-stricken areas, have expressed renewed concerns with the delayed distribution of drought-relief food and related incentives to struggling farmers. Having recorded 45 deaths of children under the age of five from malnutrition-related complications during the first half of this year, the Omaheke region continues to battle the effects of malnutrition after one death and 11 new cases were reported between July and August. Otjozondjupa governor James Uerikua is deeply bothered by the continued trend of exporting livestock on the hoof and warned that if left unchecked, it could collapse the local meat sector. As the famous adage goes, “A father’s love and guidance are more than a hundred schoolmasters.” Many of our farmers are trying their level best to keep their heads above water in the midst of a piercing drought that has hit most parts of the country, especially the northwestern, south and northeastern areas. The Suide Boere Netwerk (SBN), a group primarily consisting of communal and resettled farmers from the southern pockets of the country, recently held a successful mini-show that attracted over 388 animals of various breeds. ǁNāpab ge 45 ǁōgu, koro kurin !naka hâ ǀgôaron hîa ǂûǂûxase ǂû tama is ǀkha a !gae-aresa !aromadi xa ge ǁōna ǂguro !khare !âb nē kurib dib !nâ !nuri hâ is khao!gâb ge Omaheke khariba ai!gûgaru, ǂûn ǀorosib tsî !gâiǂâu tamase ǂûs di !gomsin ǀkha !khamsa, ǂKhoesaob tsî Aoǁkhumuǁkhâb hâkha di ǁaeb !nâb ge ǀgui ǁō-i tsî 11 ǀasa !nae!khaide a !nurise. With over 52 villages and a population of around 7 500 inhabitants, the Epukiro constituency in the Omaheke region only has one ambulance. The Meat Board of Namibia is calling upon local abattoirs and producers to apply for the production and export of beef to the lucrative Norwegian quota for 2024, and has given interested companies until 2 October 2023 to submit their bids. A farmer in the Springwater area of Aminius constituency in the Omaheke region on Tuesday discovered a human skull and some other remains, as well as old clothes in an open field. Traditional leaders and political actors have come out guns blazing, expressing dissatisfaction with President Hage Geingob over his recent utterances on the genocide issue. The local agronomy sector experienced a decline in production of about 60.1% from 55 036 tonnes recorded in the second quarter of 2022 to 21 953 tonnes registered in the second quarter of this year, especially in leading crops such as white maize, millet and wheat. Namibia’s Directorate of Veterinary Services has convened the all-important Border Harmonisation Meeting of Veterinary Authorities, which aims to discuss and dissect all issues related to animal health at border points. As the dry season begins to make way for increasing heavy winds, local farmers in both commercial and communal areas have and continue to battle with mysterious wildfires, which pose a serious threat to pastures and animals. The 2023 edition of the renowned Agra Weaner Championship Series once again proved to be a huge success, as it saw young and veteran farmers all being recognised and rewarded for their hard work, dedication and contribution to the local sector. The much-anticipated 2023 edition of the Women and Agriculture Summit will officially get underway tomorrow at the NTN in Windhoek and will see the crème de la crème of Namibia’s agricultural sector all taking the stage. Unreconciled financial data, absence of approved fixed assets policy, invoice processed in the wrong financial period and undisclosed bank accounts with amounts of over N$3 million were among the key factors that led to auditor-general Junias Kandjeke slapping the Omaheke Regional Council with an adverse audit opinion for the financial year ended 2020. FOR local women farmers to fully thrive in their various agricultural endeavours, more needs to be done to give them access to lucrative markets, adequate funding, and proper training on techniques of modern farming. The Presidency yesterday dispelled, condemned and rejected all insinuations and accusations that President Hage Geingob has relegated the sensitive 1904-08 Genocide matter to a non-issue, saying his vigour, commitment, and dedication to the subject remains unquestionable. NAMIBIA would need at least N$10.8 billion annually to reach its green growth objectives between now and 2030.